ARF runners in top five of latest LONGINES World's Best Racehorse rankings


Hong Kong's Beauty Generation (NZ) and Australia's now retired Winx (AUS) head the Asian Racing Federation horses in the latest LONGINES World's Best Racehorse rankings, the official listing of the world’s best racehorses for three-year-old's and upwards which raced between 1st January and 4th August, 2019, released this week.

Beauty Generation (NZ) winning the Group 1 Champions Mile at Sha Tin, picture Hong Kong Jockey Club
Beauty Generation (NZ) winning the Group 1 Champions Mile at Sha Tin, picture Hong Kong Jockey Club

Both Hong Kong's leading galloper and the Australian champion mare are rated at 125, along with City Of Light (USA), behind the UK pair of Enable (GB) at 126 and Crystal Ocean (GB) at 127.

Enable has improved her rating from 123 to 126 moving into second position in the sixth edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2019.

In a compelling renewal of the Group 1 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes at Ascot in July, Enable battled with Crystal Ocean and ultimately defeated that foe by a neck. However, Crystal Ocean was carrying 3lbs more than Enable in the race, thus retaining his higher rating.

Waldgeist (GB) finished third, two lengths behind, and improved his rating from 122 to 124 to be equal with Australia's sprinter Santa Ana Lane (AUS) and UK's Blue Point (IRE).

In other news from the rankings Ten Sovereigns (IRE) won the Group 1 Darley July Cup Stakes by 2 ¾ lengths at Newmarket to join the rankings at 122, and Stradivarius (IRE) improved his rating from 120 to 121 after winning the Qatar Goodwood Cup Stakes (G1).

In the United States, McKinzie (USA) improved his rating from 121 to 123 with his 1 ¾-length victory in the Grade 1 Whitney Stakes at Saratoga. Two other horses have joined the rankings after impressing over the same track. Imperial Hint (USA) [120] set a track record while taking the Grade 1 Alfred G.

Vanderbilt Handicap by four lengths, and Shancelot (USA) [120] won the Grade 2 Amsterdam Stakes by 12 ½ lengths in his first attempt at stakes company.